They Built This Church of Rock and Stone – Bonhomme Old Stone Church #125

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10407008_828240108525_3432729700264754289_nSome milestones happen with a lot of planning and preparation, and with so much pomp and circumstance, while other milestones, like the hunt for Cake #125, happen quietly and without much planning but are just as memorable.

At this point in the cake game, as far as I knew, there were only going to be 250 cakes placed around the St. Louis area (“St. Louis area” being a very, very loose phrase in some cases), and so Cake #125 was exactly halfway – that turning point from “I think I might be able to find all 250 cakes” to “I’m definitely going to be able to find all 250 cakes.”

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                                                    Cake #125 at Bonhomme Old Stone Church

For this cake hunt, it was just Mama Monster and myself, and if memory serves, I believe we were headed out for some other type of adventure when I suggested we try to find the cake at Bonhomme Old Stone Church since it’s located very close to Chesterfield Mall where we were planning to adventure anyway.

While the cake itself was incredible to look at, what added a little spice to this hunt was the fact that while we had the address of the cake location, the GPS kept leading us down the same dirt path which seemed to go on forever and ever with no cake in sight and which we traversed several times before listening to the cake senses we had honed over the past few months and taking a turn we hadn’t tried yet which thankfully eventually lead to our destination!

10440965_828240188365_7853852708875434188_nBonhomme Old Stone Church was built in 1841 when a meeting space was needed for the Presbyterian Church that had been established in what is now Chesterfield – the very first one in the St. Louis area. What makes this church unique, however, is the fact that it has two stories – the lower level being used for a public school and the upper for worship services.

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                                                                    Cake #125 at Bonhomme Old Stone Church

This is unusual because at the time most churches were built directly on the ground and only contained one level. Sadly the advent of the Civil War and its aftermath caused the church’s population to decline, and it eventually closed its doors. But while the church does not currently hold worship services, it is still used for historic tours (add another notch on the list of cakes placed at locations that are on the National Register for Historic Places!) and special events including weddings.

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                                                                  Cake #125 at Bonhomme Old Stone Church 

With this cake being kind of  a loner cake for the area, it seemed very fitting for it to be the middle milestone cake of the entire hunt.

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                                                       Cake #125 at Bonhomme Old Stone Church 

And, really, what better way is there to celebrate such an occasion than with a cow wearing a party hat and blowing a festive horn on the side of a giant cake? 🙂

 

Four Score and Several Cakes Ago – Victorian Home Museum #97

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Victorian Home Museum 

Even though we scurried away from the Emma Kunz House in a hurry after spying the mannequin twins in the neighboring yard, my heart barely had time to slow down before we arrived at the next cake on our list at the Victorian Home Museum.

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Cake #97 at the Victorian Home Museum 

Another Belleville, IL historical site worth seeing, the Victorian Home Museum is the home and headquarters for the St. Clair County Historical Society, which has had a hand in saving and renovating IL area landmarks such as the Emma Kunz House.

But before the St. Clair Historical Society turned the location into a museum, the building was actually a house built in 1866 for Morris Dobschutz. And today it still retains the essence of what life was like for wealthy homeowners in the Victoria era with several rooms including a few bedrooms, a parlor and a library with furniture and (I’m sure) mannequins displaying clothing from that time period.

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Cake #97 at the Victorian Home Museum

However what I found to be the most interesting piece of the collection located in this museum, which unfortunately was not open when we visited (such a common theme during this cake hunt!) was a balcony from which Abraham Lincoln spoke when he gave a speech in Belleville in 1856. Now that alone would have been worth seeing…although I’m sure that there was a replica Abraham Lincoln mannequin just waiting to join the troupe in my nightmares, so…

And as far as the cake for this location goes, thankfully it was placed outside so we could memorialize it on film, but unfortunately it was behind a little fence on a small hill beside the museum, and there didn’t seem to be a great way to get to it. So I did the only rational thing I could think of…and climb the small fence surrounding it to trespass on museum property in order to make sure future generations could be impressed with my cake hunting skills! All in a day’s work for a Cake Monster 🙂

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Cake #97 at the Victorian Home Museum 

Family, Friends and Frozen Fishbowls – Rigazzi’s #91

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Cake #91 at Rigazzi’s

It’s always a beautiful thing when you can literally walk down the street from one cake to another. And that was exactly the case with Cake #91 at Rigazzi’s which is just a short walk (or drive) down the street from Cake #90 at Amighetti’s.

The name Rigazzi is actually a mash up of the last names of the two original owners – Lou Aiazzi and John Riganti – who opened the restaurant in 1957. The mash up was pretty genius on its own, but the decision to use it as the restaurant’s name was further solidified by the fact that the Italian word ‘ragazzi,’ loosely translates to mean ‘friends’. *Perfect*

The partnership between Lou and John ended about a decade into the restaurant’s history, but the spirit they had wanted to cultivate of friendship and good times still continues on. And true to Lou’s way of doing things, they still serve crazy large portions of each of their signature Northern Italian and American dishes. Plus, they have a one of a kind glorious situation going on over there with their famous Frozen Fishbowls. These frozen 32 ounce glasses can hold just about any drink of your choice, but what I didn’t know was that they were modeled after the ice cream dishes used during the 1904 World’s Fair.

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Cake #91 at Rigazzi’s 

Sometimes the scope of the history in this city just amazes me – plus, let’s be real, what kind of ice cream consumption was going on back in 1904?? Thirty-two ounces of ice cream at a time? Sounds like brain freeze city to me!

So even though we didn’t stop in for a Frozen Fishbowl, Mama Monster and Cake Monster still stopped for a picture with this cake right underneath a miniature arch which definitely made this one of the more memorable cake locations.